Blue painted cobblestones in the foreground with a row of colonial buildings.

Shopping in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan

People love to shop in Old San Juan because it offers the widest variety of unique shopping options in one pedestrian-friendly place. This is the place to go for fine jewelry, imported clothing and furnishings, cigars, folk art, tourist trinkets, and American chain stores, such as Marshalls, Walgreens, and Radio Shack.

The centro histórico neighborhood known more commonly as Praia Grande or Reviver. Photo © Mariana Costa, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

São Luís, the Island Capital of Maranhão

Maranhão’s island capital is bursting with cultural riches and has a flavor quite unlike any other of Brazil’s northeastern cities. São Luís is a seafood lover’s paradise with a colonial center recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read on for accommodations, nightlife, and everything else you need to plan a visit.

Multi-level shopping center filled with stalls.

Shopping in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is a good place to stock up on pieces to add to your burgeoning folk art collection. You’ll find lots of wood carvings, ceramics, and leather goods, but two artisanal traditions that really stand out are woven hammocks and lacework.

View of pedestrians walking along the waterfront as buildings stack up against a terraced hillside and boats cluster in the water.

Sights in Salvador’s Cidade Baixa

Despite that the Cidade Baixa, Salvador’s port and commercial district, has seen better days, there are still a few worthwhile sights that make it worth visiting for adventuresome travelers.

The flag of the Dominican Republic.

Day-Tripping in Monte Plata

If you are vacationing in the city of Santo Domingo and seeking a refreshing change from the typical day trip to the beach, try going inland to the rich countryside of the province of Monte Plata.

On a flat golden beach a horse is hitched to a cart with the buildings clustered around Algodoal's dock are visible in the distance.

Exploring the Amazon: Around Belém

By bus or car and by boat, there are several interesting side trips you can make within the vicinity of Belém. The most popular destinations are the beaches along the banks of the region’s rivers.